Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 Tips


The 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties at Walt Disney World will incur in September and October. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 is scheduled for the following dates: September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28; October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 31. You can purchase tickets (ranging from $57-77 per person) on Walt Disney World’s event page.

On these nights, the Magic Kingdom closes at 7 p.m. to guests who haven’t not purchased tickets for the Halloween Party. So you can prepare for the Halloween Party now, here is our analysis based upon the last several years (we go to it yearly) to help you determine whether this expensive hard ticket event is worth it to you, and if so, what your “Plan of Attack” should be to efficiently conquer the various offerings.

Note that this guide covers Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, not Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. For info about the latter, read our comprehensive Guide to Halloween Time at Disneyland!

Should I Attend?

So at over $60 a pop for tickets to the 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you might be trying to determine, “is it worth it?” If you’re asking this, you’ve probably never been, otherwise you’d know the answer to this question. Our opinion, as Disney-biased tourists, is that it most definitely is worth the price: at least once. Once you’ve experienced the party once (it doesn’t change much year-to-year), you might determine that it’s simply too expensive to experience again. For a one time event, though, it’s definitely worth it for everyone except those on traveling on thin budgets. Personally, we prefer Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but I think it’s fair to say that the two are about equally popular with guests (the guest costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are pretty awesome to see).

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips & Strategy!

As you read on, you’ll see what’s included in this price to make your own value-for-money determination, but that’s our summation of whether you should attend. If your budget is limited, you may also want to consider allocating that budget toward Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, which can also be another expensive event to experience during the fall months at Walt Disney World.

If you do decide to do the Halloween Party, make sure to buy your tickets in advance, and use any available discounts (Disney Vacation Club member, Annual Passholder, etc.). Tickets are more expensive on the day of the party, and several nights each year sell out completely. It would stink to wait until the last minute and have your dates sell out!

It’s also important to pick the best day on your trip for the Halloween Party. Although Disney sells a “limited” number of tickets to the party, limited is mainly a marketing term. Some of the parties are as crowded as you might find the parks during an ordinary day. As a general rule, the closer you get to Halloween, the busier the parties become. School nights are less busy, with Tuesday night parties being the best options in our experience. Disney prices these parties based on historical demand, so going on the cheapest party night you can is generally the best idea from both the perspective of saving money and avoiding crowds. Win-win!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips & Strategy!

General Tips

The biggest tip is to wear a costume! At least half of the Guests who attend the party wear costumes, and it’s a lot more fun if you do. You’re spending a fair chunk of change to attend one of these parties, make sure you get as much value for your money as possible by wearing a costume. You don’t need to buy some expensive costume from the store–make one at home from items you buy at a thrift shop. Sarah and I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as the following: astronauts; an elf and princess; and “Cute Minnie” and a Toy Story Alien, among other things. Most of the time, our costumes are pretty lame as compared to other guests, but we still have a lot of fun!

As far as costumes go, we recommend something inexpensive, simple, and most importantly…LIGHTWEIGHT. We have made the mistake of wearing heavier costumes, and let me tell you what a mistake that was. It may nighttime in the fall, but it’s still Florida, and it’s still humid and hot. While you will see a lot of guests in complex and really creative costumes, unless you have a specific costume in mind that you really want to make, simpler and lighter is better as far as costumes go. Ideally, the costumes will be something that you could throw away at the end of the night.

Even the “Cute Minnie Dress” (as she dubbed it) costume pictured below was inexpensive (here’s more info about what she’s wearing), and we try to go with inexpensive costumes as the Halloween Party already costs a lot, no sense in making it cost even more! Thrift shops and eBay are great places to find inexpensive costumes. If you do decide to go the other direction and get a nice costume, there are numerous online stores specializing in unique costumes. And again, eBay is also a great place to hunt down what you need for a more involved costume.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips & Strategy!

The next most important thing is arriving early to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Party officially starts at 7 p.m., which is when all of the entertainment actually begins, but guests can enter with their Halloween Party tickets as early as 4 p.m. This is not something Walt Disney World advertises, but it absolutely is true, and you will see plenty of other guests arriving at 4 p.m., and Cast Members in their Halloween outfits at the turnstiles.

This earlier entry offers you potential savings to offset the cost of your tickets. Before we were Annual Passholders, we’d plan on doing Downtown Disney or a water park the morning we went to the Halloween Party, which allowed us to purchase 1-day less on our park tickets. We highly recommend that you do the same! In other words, if you normally would buy a 5-day ticket for your trip, buy a 4-day ticket and do something besides one of the 4 theme parks before 4 p.m.

To be fair, the additional day you’re not purchasing would have only added on $10-30 in cost to your total package, so we’re not talking a substantial amount here, but it might be enough to make the Halloween Party more economical. To save even more money on multi-day Walt Disney World tickets, we highly recommend Undercover Tourist, an authorized ticket broker selling CHEAPER tickets than you can buy directly from Disney. You can’t buy Halloween Party tickets from Undercover Tourist, but the amount you save on your regular park tickets plus the savings on that extra day you’re not purchasing should be enough to allow you to go to the Halloween Party for “free!”

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips & Strategy!

Early in the Halloween Party is also a great time to get photos, since the artificial lighting in the Magic Kingdom during the Halloween Party can be pretty harsh once in gets dark out.

Finally, if at all possible, find a way to avoid trick or treating. It is a major time drain, and you could buy a bag of candy yourself for like $3. It may be difficult to convince kids not to trick or treat, but if you can, find a way. There is so much entertainment during the Halloween Party that you won’t get everything done even if you don’t trick or treat and don’t do any attractions. If you do opt to trick or treat, locations for collecting candy are designated on park maps.

Arrive at 4 p.m., eat and do an attraction or two before 6:30 p.m. Once 6:30 p.m. hits, it’s time to get ready to party!!!

Halloween Party Plan of Attack

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Note that these suggestions are based upon our anecdotal observations and what we’ve done in the past that (seems) to have worked. This hasn’t been extensively tested or anything of the sort. Just some “real world” tips from frequent visitors to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…

Jack Skellington and Sally (from the Nightmare Before Christmas) will be meeting in Town Square. These characters have been the most ‘in demand’ characters who haven’t appeared at past parties (as in more guests have requested them at the Halloween Party more than any other characters), and this would make sense given the lines we’ve seen for them at Disneyland outside Haunted Mansion Holiday (that’s where the photo below is from, if you’re wondering).

During the 2013 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, waits for Jack Skellington and Sally reportedly exceeded 2 hours at times. We highly recommend picking either the Dwarfs or Jack & Sally and lining up for them before the party even starts. Guests lined before for Jack and Sally before 6 pm during the first party. We’d recommend getting in line right at 6 pm to maximize your time doing other things and minimizing your time in line. We anticipate this holding true in 2014.

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It seems that Nightmare Before Christmas has gained a substantial cult following over the years, and that following coupled with their location at the front of the park leads us to believe that these are going to be really popular characters at this year’s party. For now, we suggest penciling them into your schedule early in the evening to guarantee seeing them, or visiting them towards the end of the night before the end of the night rush, so around 11 pm for the shortest line. We obviously haven’t tested this yet, but this is our plan when we do the party this year.

Line Up For the Dwarfs Before 7 pm – The party officially starts at 7 pm, and invariably, The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs line is going to be long for the entire party. We have found it stretching fairly long at 6:45. (Snow White may appear separately from the Dwarfs this year.) Get in line for the Dwarfs prior to 7 pm. Unless the prospect of waiting in an hour plus long line during the height of the party doesn’t scared you.

While in line for Snow White and/or the Dwarfs (the Dwarfs may be out without Ms. White), you may see other characters roaming the area. We have been able to meet Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum while waiting in line for the Dwarfs!

We anticipate that the Seven Dwarfs will meet outside the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction opening in Spring 2014 in New Fantasyland during the 2014 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Oddly, while we were over with Tweedle Dee and Dum, a Cast Member asked us if we were there with NASA. The Cast Member was serious.

Pooh Characters After the Dwarfs – When done with Snow White and the Dwarfs , immediately head over to the Pooh line at the permanent Pooh Meet & Greet by the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Fantasyland. This is one of the most popular meet & greets at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. In 2012, all four met together, but in the past this has been a rotation of Eeyore & Pooh and Tigger & Piglet.

When we met these characters, we got Tigger and Piglet on our first trip to this line, and noticing that there was pretty long line behind us, opted to get Pooh & Eeyore later, or not at all. Since the Pooh characters primarily appeal to small children, you might have luck meeting these characters near the end of the party with minimal wait. Or, if the characters all meet together in 2014, you won’t have to worry about lining up twice!

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Boo To You Parade – There are two showings of this parade, and the second is always far less crowded. Get spots at least 30 minutes early for the first parade (earlier if it’s a busy night). If you do elect to just go with the second parade, you may end up kicking yourself, because this is the best parade Disney does. We always watch the early parade AND the late parade. You obviously can’t do this if you skip the early parade, so plan wisely. If you’re really into meeting characters, it’s difficult to meet all of the characters, watch the fireworks, do Villians Mix & Mingle, AND watch both parades. If character meet and greets aren’t that important to you, we recommend watching the early parade so you at least have the ability to watch it again if you really enjoy it.

Headless Dude w/ Pumpkin in Hand Riding Galloping Horse

Given the excellent lighting and ambiance on Main Street, USA, it’s the best place to view the parade (which steps off in Frontierland). It’s also the most crowded spot. The Headless Horseman comes first, followed by the rest of the Parade much later (especially to Main Street).

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Following the horse, the parade takes a long time to come–almost twenty minutes later. The Boo To You Parade is awesome. The performers in this parade are amazing: the caretaker “shovel band,” the Haunted Mansion dancers, the Headless Horseman, the Haunted Mansion caretaker—I’m probably forgetting someone—all were excellent. They absolutely made the parade. I now think the key to any successful parade is: headless people, scrapping shovels on the ground, proclamations of it being “good to be bad,” chickens ‘bawking’ to the beat, and the Country Bears rocking out. Any parade organizers out there reading this, you can thank me later for my solid advice.

More information about, and photos of, the Boo To You Parade can be found on our Boo To You Parade page.

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HalloWishes – HalloWishes is the fireworks spectacular shown only during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties (click here for photos of the fireworks). It runs only once per night, and is not to be missed. If you view the first Boo to You parade from Main Street, about the time it’s over, it would be a good time for you to pick a viewing location for HalloWishes. This show does have perimeter bursts, and Castle projections, so a location on Main Street USA or near Casey’s and the Ice Cream parlor are good options. Don’t get too close to the Castle, or you won’t be able to see all of the bursts!

Start your weekend off with a BANG with this photo of Wishes! over Cinderella Castle!

While the Boo to You parade exceeds the Christmas parade, HalloWishes does not trump Holiday Wishes! Not even close. Maybe from a pure pyrotechnics perspective, but the show elements of Holiday Wishes are far superior. Can’t beat that “Oh Christmas Tree” portion, the wonderful score in general, and the neat juxtaposition of the bursts with various dialogue, sound effects, and the score.

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Catch Villians Mix & Mingle After HalloWishes – There is a showing of this right after HalloWishes on the Castle forecourt stage. By hitting Boo to You-HalloWishes-Villians Mix & Mingle like this, you don’t run all over the park wasting time. Villians Mix & Mingle is a fun show, and the chance to meet Villians afterward is a great opportunity, as many of these villians are rare. Line up for the villian you’d like to see most, first, as you may only have a chance to see one or two villians before the lines become prohibitively long.

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Check Back with Pooh & Friends – If you missed a set of the Pooh characters earlier, return to the line now. It should be after 10 pm, and by this time, this line should be starting to wane. If it doesn’t look shorter, instead head to Adventureland and Frontierland and return here later.

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Less Popular Characters in Adventureland & Frontierland – These characters (mostly at the dance parties, but some free roaming ones) don’t get very long waits no matter when you go, but we recommend them at this point because Mickey and Minnie’s line will still be longer. If you can “wait out” the lines for Mickey & Minnie, do that. If you have youngsters who are tiring, now is not a bad time to visit Mickey & Minnie. New for this year is the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland; expect to be able to dance (and scream) with Monsters, Inc. characters there.

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Same is true for the characters over in Adventureland. You should have plenty of time to play around with King Louie and Tarzan over here, as there shouldn’t be any lines–this makes for great interactions.

On our recent visit, whomever was friends with King Louie that evening had some rhythm. I’ve never seen a primate moonwalk quite like that. I guess those big ape-feet are good for something! Tarzan and Terk are just as much fun and should have just as short of a wait. In our experiences, Tarzan is “unintentionally” hilarious. He’s a lot of fun, so definitely take the time to interact with him, and not just pose with him for photos. If you need ideas for interacting, read our Disney Character Meet & Greet Tips.

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If meeting with characters and having some fun are more important than just getting cool pictures of them, then these locations in Adventureland and Frontierland are the hidden gems of the parties. At both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we’ve had a blast having extended interactions with the characters. This is the case because later in the evening, these characters typically have NO LINES. You won’t get that kind of interaction from the “big” characters who have huge lines!

Jack Sparrow – Captain Jack Sparrow isn’t lumped in with the above because he’s not “less popular.” He usually meets outside Pirates of the Caribbean, and his waits can be fairly long. At this point in the night, they shouldn’t be too bad, though. If the wait is long, check back after the second Boo To You Parade.

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Second Boo To You Parade – If you’ve already seen the first parade from Main Street, watch the second parade from wherever. If you find yourself with free time 15 minutes before the parade steps off, head to Frontierland. Main Street is our favorite place for viewing the parade, but unless you didn’t get all of the photos you wanted during the first parade, you definitely don’t want to head to Main Street and wait for it to come all the way to you again.

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Main Street Theater Meet & Greets (Mickey & Minnie) – It seems that after 11 pm is the best time to visit the Princesses and Princes, and Mickey and Minnie. Unlike the line for the Dwarfs, which doesn’t get much shorter before being cut off for the night, the lines for Main Street Theater do. The Princesses and Princes meet together at the party, which is rare. The wait should be incredibly short for Mickey & Minnie, and a bit longer for the royalty, as opposed to it being mobbed only a couple of hours earlier. If you can’t do this at the very end of the party, do it as early or as late as possible, but not immediately after a parade.

Now that Mickey & Minnie are in the front of the park, their line doesn’t seem to be so consistently bad throughout the Party. Your mileage may vary on this one, but we still recommend going towards the end of the Halloween Party.

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Princess Fairytale Hall - Princess Fairytale Hall opened halfway through the 2013 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties in the old location of Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Although the location in Fantasyland is prime, since this spot is indoors and has (ahem) added capacity, we have not heard of lines being too bad. Since they are princesses (and princesses are popular) you might be in for a bit of a wait, but we don’t expect one at this time of the night.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card – This is not something about which we care, but if you want the exclusive Halloween Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card, go as late as possible to the Fire Station. The line was pretty long for this throughout the entire night, but seemed to die down as the evening wore on. Another alternative would be to go while one person holds spots for the parade if you view it from Main Street.

Haunted Mansion – The Haunted Mansion is usually busier than normal during the Halloween Party, and since it’s the same attraction as normal, we don’t recommend waiting in an above-average line. Instead, consider visiting just for photos, as the Haunted Mansion does have a unique lighting package for the Halloween Party, and there is usually a “special effects” PhotoPass photographer in the area, too.

Grim Grinning Ghosts Come Out to Socialize

While we also manage to spot an above-average number of “free roaming” characters during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, that number seems to be decreasing with each year. My biggest complaint, and this is entirely personal to me, is that the Country Bears are not out like they are for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Then again, I think the Country Bears should always be out. Those bears rock. I think they should actually make of subset of Frontierland and coin it “Bearland.”

Review & Conclusion

Overall, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a great event that every guest should experience at least once if money allows. It’s especially great for character meetings, the Boo To You Parade, and the HalloWishes Fireworks. There is enough on the schedule that you need to have a good strategy to accomplish everything, and there is plenty to do during the Halloween Party to keep you entertained–enough that you might want to forgo doing any attractions and finding another day in the Magic Kingdom for those.

When we do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we always leave plenty of things undone. Entertainment is consistent from year to year, with some minor things added each year, it seems, making it difficult to accomplish everything on the map. This is especially true if you have youngsters who may want to trick or treat, which does take some time (Sarah and I skipped it entirely–if we liked candy, we could buy it at home far cheaper than the $50+ our tickets cost). It’s not just the unique parade, fireworks, and rare character meet and greets that make this party special. There is an excitement in the air (maybe it’s all that sugar) and the guest costumes really liven things up. On top of that, the Magic Kingdom gets decked out for the party, with cool decorations, an excellent lighting package, and even different background music. It’s these little details that make the party worth the money for us.

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If these photos have whetted your appetite, visit our Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Photo Page!

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Your Thoughts…

Have you attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Do you think it’s worth the money? What’s your own “can’t miss” thing to do during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? Share your thoughts on these questions, or anything else, in the comments!

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275 Responses to “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014 Tips”

  1. Ben says:

    Hey Tom, what sort of settings did you use for HalloWishes? Really looking to shoot that, I was just curious what glass and such you were using, and, if any, filters.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      bulb mode and manual settings–it’s really no different than any of the other fireworks shows at the MK. I used my 18-200mm lens then @ 32mm. I probably will shoot from Casey’s this year, with the 11-16mm. Hope that helps!

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks for the info! My husband and I are heading to MNSSHP this fall for the first time, and this was helpful in figuring out what to expect. One question though – you didn’t mention anything about going on the rides during the party. I would think one benefit of the $50+ ticket would be experiencing the attractions with less of a wait. Was it not worth “wasting” time on the attractions with so much else going on during the party?

    • We typically are so busy with the other activities, we don’t have time to ride the attractions!

      • Jessica says:

        We go every year the first week of Oct. Low wait times are a great benefit of going to the party, especially if you can out least all the little ones!

    • Mandywebb66 says:

      We did not take many character pics. After the fireworks show, there were little to no lines! We were able to ride Dumbo with unlimited wait and several other rides as well.

      My husband really does not like crowds, and this was one of the few times I could get him on board to ride the rides due to the short wait/no wait.

  3. Katie says:

    I always looked at the parties (both MNSSHP and MVMCP) as very expensive to do things you can already do in the park anyway. Obviously there’s a lot more going on here…. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Kate J says:

    I thought I read it on your blog, but cannot remember. I know the party hours are 7-midnight. What time can we enter the park for the party????? We’re attending on 10/25/11. THANKS!!!!

  5. Alicia Faye says:

    Hi there

    We’re coming from the UK and hoping to attend on the 1st November, but I’m confused.

    Is the park open as normal the rest of the day? do they throw you out at 4pm if you don’t have a Halloween party ticket? I had thought that the party was something you paid to attend at a certain location and the rest of the park was normal, now i’m panicking i’ve booked my hotel stays for a bad date.

    The party looks awesome and we’d love to go, but wanted to do the park in the day too.
    any advice?

    • Linda says:

      Alicia, we were just there last week, and if you don’t have a Halloween party ticket, they let you stay in the Magic Kingdom until the party “officially” starts at 7pm. They let the Halloween party ticket holders in at 4pm. The Magic Kingdom operates normally until 7pm when the Halloween party offically starts.

      • Cathy says:

        Please explain how they get the people who were already there all day to leave at 7? I’m very annoyed that my whole life Disney has been open until midnight and now they’ve found a way to extort more $ so you can stay- if I buy a norm ticket and come in the morning I have to leave at 7- or I can buy a ticket to the party and come at 4- so how DO they get earlier guests to leave?

      • Catrina G says:

        there are a couple of sites to present your MNSSHP hard ticket and they give you your special wristband.
        After 7p, anyone without the wristband is to leave the park. I don’t know how this is enforced, but I think Disney character members do it very respectfully.
        The MNSSHP isn’t every night, so if you want to stay until midnight and not buy the separate hard ticket — pick a day to go when it isn’t occurring and you can stay until the park closes.

      • Chrystyna says:

        It’s definitely enforced. Ask me how I know? LOL! We tried to stay for the Christmas party last year thinking there’s no way someone would notice 3 people in a sea of people waiting for the parade. Ha! Right before the parade started they send workers down looking for wristbands. If you don’t have one, you’re asked to leave. You can’t get on rides without one. You can’t get in restaurants without one. They’ve got it all mapped out.

      • chasity says:

        JUST MAGIC KINGDOM CLOSES EARLY ON HALOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS. YOU CAN STILL GO LATE TO HOLYWOOD, EPCOT, ANIMAL KINGDOM. THEY ARE CORRECT, IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE SPECIAL PARTY, DONT WASTE ONE OF YOU PARK HOPPER DAYS. MY KIDS LOVE THE DANCE PARTY AS WELL AT THE PARTIES. WE HAVE DONE BOTH HALOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS. BOTH ARE VERY FUN.

  6. CJ says:

    I have to be bias because I love Halloween at WDW. 2011 at the Haunted Mansion was even more exciting because of the new cue and I loved talking to Lady Renata as she welcomed you to the mansion.

  7. Jen says:

    Have you attended not-so scary Halloween at WDW and DL? Are the differences substantial? We’ve never attended the event and are planning a first visit to DL. We are wondering if we should make plans to attend the event there or wait until we can get back to WDW.
    Thanks.

  8. Shane Chavez says:

    Hey there me and a lady friend of mine are going to the not so scary halloween party and we were curious as to whether or not we would be allowed to dress up as flyyn rider and repunzel from the recently released tangled movie, do you have any idea if this would be permitted? or are you not allowed to dress as disney characters? any help would be greatly apprecitaed thank you for your time.

    • Laura says:

      Absolutely you can dress as a Disney character, just remember if you look to much like them you will get stopped for autographs. This might interfere with your enjoyment. Just have fun with it!

  9. Cheri says:

    This may be a silly question… but since you buy the ticket for the party, and can be let in at 4pm….you don’t need a theme park ticket for that day correct?
    Thanks- great blog post…..researching our trip next year and have now added this to our agenda!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You don’t need a ticket as long as you don’t want to enter before 4 pm, correct!

      • Tracey Michelle says:

        If I book a dinner res for a little earlier than 4:00 but do not have a park ticket, do you think we could get in for the reservation (like EPCOT does if we book the Princess breakfast in WS)? It’d be a great way to get my little ones in ahead of the 4pm rush and get their tummies fed before hand!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Probably not. The party technically starts at 7 pm, so you’re really pushing you’re luck trying to get in earlier than 4 pm.

  10. Laura says:

    We are about to book a last minute trip back to Florida for the Halloween parties and I would like to thank you for this blog and the great info on MNSSHP. It’s a great help and now I have some sort of idea of how to approach the night. Thanks :)

  11. Trisha says:

    I am going to Disney in 3 weeks and I was happy to see this post. I was wondering what camera you used? For night pictures they turned out great. I have a dslr and hoping my night pics turn out that good.

  12. Angela says:

    We’re going to MNSSHP the first week of October. Hoping you have insight to a couple questions. We’re having dinner at GFR at 5pm and I’m wondering about the fastest way to MK (boat or monorail). Also, my kids will want to do some trick/treating. The schedule has T/T locations and also something called “trails” at a couple of ride queues. Do you know anything about these? The T/T locations seem so spread out. I don’t want to waste our time and miss the events and characters finding the candy. Thanks for all the other great info.

    • Lauren says:

      My family goes every year and always do the trick or treat! You don’t have to do the treat trails if you don’t want (but it’s a good way to hit 4-5 candy stops in about 5-10 minutes depending on how fast you walk). Also, the other treat spots are scattered around the park near the major attractions so you can pass through the lines very quickly. For example, there was a treat spot outside the speedway, a “trail” in the splash mountain line (where the line goes along the exit, and it had 3-4 treat spots) and one in the Pirates of the Caribbean line. All in all, it’s very manageable to hit the candy while you’re doing everything else in the park. The lines move fast and you get anywhere from a few pieces to a handful of candy at eat treat spot (watch the cast members for ultimate candy results). Also, there’s a treat spot that’s just just Werther’s in fantasy land. Last year, we even got a sneak peak of the new section before it was open to the public at our party!

    • BobD says:

      Monorail is much faster than ferry to the MK, unless the line for the monorail is backed up into the plaza. The ferry takes a very long time to load, but can hold more people, so may be better in very crowded conditions.

      Also, you can always take the Resort monorail to MK rather than the Express. A lot of people don’t realize that, so you may see a huge line for Express and virtually none for Resort monorail.

  13. Beth says:

    Tom,
    I am interested in some help figuring out how to set up my camera to take good pictures of the parade and fireworks. I have a Bridge Camera (Panasonic FZ200.) Any suggestions on manual settings?

  14. Jud says:

    LOVE the NASA outfits!!!
    And if you don’t mind…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEip8VSllBE

    :)

    Jud

  15. splat1986 says:

    Hi I am looking to book for 31/10/12 and was wondering 1) does the trick or treat last all day or is it just 4pm onwards.
    2) How do disney make sure you have a ticket for the 4PM onwards. How do they differntiate between normal party goers in order to get them out the park. don’t wanna pay $70 + tax to stay in the park if people that haven’t paid get to stay in for no extra cost. that would really annoy me

    Thanks

    Thanks

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The party starts at 7pm, but you can get in with the event ticket at 4pm. Guests without party wristbands will have to leave the park starting at 7pm.

      • SMG says:

        Is this 4 PM thing official? We have reservations to Cinderella’s castle at 5:20 on the day we arrive, which is also the day we want to go to the party. We are unlikely to even get to a park before 3 or so, and could definitely avoid going before 4. On the other hand, it would literally save us only $20 to shave a day off the tickets — I don’t really want to risk over $100 in a prepaid dinner reservation to save $20 in tickets, on the off chance that they change their policy and don’t let us in.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Yes, it is official–as of right now. The parties for this year have yet to start so I suppose the official policy could change between now and then, but I don’t see that happening.

  16. Bill says:

    Hello. Really cool breakdown of the party. We will be attending 10/18 for the first time. You really hyped me up for the 7 dwarfs. The print out of the party shows different places for character meet and greet but does not say which characters exactly. Where should I look for the 7 Dwarfs to be over by the tea cups as you indicate? Does Disney publish on the eve of the party which characters will be at which stations?

  17. melanie edens says:

    We went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party in Disneyland last week. The party and characters were fun, but we were really disappointed by the parade. My big “sell” to the family was the headless horseman. I love Disney parades, and always stake out our viewing area way in advance. At Disneyland, they had a “Costume Cavalcade”; not really a parade, and no headless horseman! Because of this, we weren’t able to get a good spot to watch the amazing fireworks. It was a total letdown.

  18. kathy pope says:

    My family was at the Halloween party on Monday October 8. Our picture was taken for the newsletter by a staff member. Could you tell me where and when I can see those pictures ? Thank you!

  19. Kathy Osborn says:

    I am taking my 18 and 21 year old to the party for the first time on Halloween night. I have two questions: one is that they are both very interested in whether or not Disney provides a treat bag or if they should bring their own? (I saw something somewhere that said they give out treat bags around Main Street somewhere, I think?) But if you can tell me if they have free bags or bags for sale, that would be great. And my second question is about the parade and fireworks. My 21 year old is in a wheelchair, are there special viewing areas for one or both of those events? I know Epcot has an area for wheelchair guests for their fireworks, so if there is one at MK, we would like to be able to plan for that. Any other tips? THANKS!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, they give you bags when you enter the parks. Not sure about the viewing area, but I *think* there is one. I’d call and ask.

  20. mallory says:

    Which week is the least busy to visit Mickeys not so scary halloween party? Right now we are looking to book our trip during the first week… is that a bad idea

    Thanks!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I don’t know about a specific week, but generally the closer to Halloween you go, the busier it is. Also, the least busy days are school nights.

  21. Lauren says:

    I am SO excited for Mickey’s Not So Scary this year! I’m going in late September! I’m plotting ways to get my mother, father and brother to dress up. It’s going to be difficult because we’re all adults here! Lol.

    As for people asking how deterring party crashers is enforced, I don’t know about the entire park, but I worked on Main Street during my Disney College Program. We always crowded the doors at exactly 7:00 and did not let anyone in without a wristband. They change the appearance the wristbands for every party so there are no copycats. So you cannot get into any attractions or stores because they are heavily guarded.

    As for just watching the parade and fireworks, I would assume the parade cast members would handle that, but I’m not sure. Didn’t work outside the stores.

    • Jan Henry says:

      Husband and I were at Cinderella’s castle for dinner during the holiday party last December. We were at the holiday party as ticketholders a few nights earlier, and I so loved the fireworks, I wanted to catch another show and wondered how they could possibly spot us in the crowd in the dark, and figured if we were on our way out anyway and saw the show, how bad could that really be? I wasn’t going to try to get cookies or cocoa or ride anything… well! I was really just savoring our window-seat table in the castle, but we were the last to leave dinner, and people were lining up to watch the fireworks. They asked us at the door if we were staying for the party, and we were not, so they had us sit in the entrance hall for about 10 minutes while they called in a cast member to escort us out. I didn’t mind extra time in the castle, but wondered how this escort could be possible! It was! The fantasyland cast member came, and personally escorted us not just out of the castle, but out of the entire park until we were out of the gate. It was very courteous and we made conversation on the way, but even through the crowds, she had her eye on our place behind her. Not that I would have gotten purposely lost. As it were, because the holiday show is so spectacular, we saw the whole thing outside the gate. :-)

  22. Kim says:

    Hi! We are headed down to WDW and will be there for Halloween. We have been to the MNSSHP a few years ago and LOVED it. But this trip we are on more of a budget and were wondering if you knew of other events at Resorts or Parks that they offer on Halloween? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

    • Jodi says:

      It’s not an “event” but campers at Fort Wilderness decorate their sites for Halloween. Some of them really go all out in their decorations. It’s very cool to go through their and look at it all.

    • Kalani says:

      We stayed at the Pop Century for Halloween once and they had a party poolside for the guests. It was geared towards kids, a great alternative if you don’t want to pay for the Not so Scary Halloween Party. I’m not sure what the other resorts offer. We are going to the Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. I can’t wait!,

  23. Sara says:

    Hi, my husband and I are visiting Disneyland in September and I was wondering if they do Mickey’s Halloween Party there? Or is it just WDW? Thank you!

  24. Angela says:

    Thanks so much for all this information! I was very lucky to stumble onto this website – which is EXACTLY what I was looking for. My husband and I will be taking our 4 & 5 year old this October for our very first WDW experience!! I just wanted to make sure that the Boo-to-You extra cost, was in fact worth it.

    And given the way you’ve presented it – you’ve also answered whether or not the purchase for the Holiday Extravaganza will be worth it on our next trip (in 3 years – we live in Michigan).

    Thanks again for taking time to upload all this wonderful information! Really excited!!! Going to show the kids all you great pics (now that I know we are doing it, and hubby is on board 100%)!!

  25. Helen says:

    What a great website. We are going to Disneyworld in October 2013 with son and his family and we are suptising the two grandaughters. This webiste and people’s comments and questions have made it so easy to work out what to see and do and as it costs a lot of money for us to all get there(from Australai), I really am most appreciative of all the information I have been able to gather.
    The only question I have is that we will be staying at the Sheraton Vistana Resort and wonder what it is like to get transport back there at mignight after the MNSSHP,are there cabs/taxi’s or buses?

    Keep up the great website!

  26. Carrie says:

    My husband and I are taking our kids (2 girls who will be ages 4 and 6 and our toddler son, who will be 18 months) to Disney World for the first time in mid October . Right now, we have dinner reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table for Friday evening at 7:10 (the only one we could get!), which I now realize is basically when the “party” begins. Will we miss the first parade? (By the way, we don’t mind missing the headless horseman because it would probably frighten them anyway; honestly, I’m wondering if some of the parade itself might be a little too “scary” for them…). What about the fireworks – will they at least be able to see those? Also, I was wondering if you knew whether the character dinners like Cinderella’s Royal Table are different that night – I.e., Halloween themed. I hope not – we really want dinner with the princesses to be a “princess” experience for them! And the same as it would be any other night of the week. Thanks for your help!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You could be out of there in time for the parade if you eat quickly. I wouldn’t count on it, though. Any chance you could do the party a different night? You would still be able to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table that night (just make sure you get to the check-in stand by 7pm), so it would actually be a great way to stay in the Magic Kingdom past the start time of the party!

    • Caryn C says:

      Two years ago we were at MK for the Christmas Party and I also made reservations at Cinderella’s castle for that night. My thinking was we’d do all this special, wonderful stuff on the same night. But we were really pressed for time and had to rush through the entire party. Didn’t get to see alot of the character (that is something that was really important to me since so many are only out for the special parties) I would do the party on a different night if I were you.

  27. Lyn says:

    We went in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed it. We carried out costumes with us all the way from Australia and it was worth it. We picked easy costumes and threw them away at the end. My tip is to wait until all the little kiddies get tired and then do your ‘trick or treating’ and hit the candy barrels (our kids are teenagers so they can go the distance). We stepped straight onto to every ride. No waiting we just meandered through the barricades and hopped on – fantastic. Worth the money if you are travelling as far as we were. Thanks for your blog I read basically all the information before we went!!!

  28. Jenn says:

    My fiance and I went to MVMCP last December for our engagement celebration. Our favorite part of the entire night was meeting all of the rare characters and interacting with them! Especially Mickey and Minnie! They interacted with us for almost 10 min and we got THE most awesome pictures with them!!! Plus getting to see the princes WITH their princesses was great :) We had such a fantastic time that we decided to go a second night while we were still at Disney (That and we didn’t have time for all the characters in one night)

    This year we are going to Disney for our Honeymoon and we CAN’T WAIT for the MNSSHP!!! We already bought tickets for 2 different nights because we know there is going to be too much we want to see and do to fit in one night! It’s expensive, but I think it’s completely worth the money (at least for one night) especially if character meet and greets are something you love to do :)

    Great article!!!

    • Margaret says:

      Can you please advise where do I buy these tickets. I am from Australia and will be there during Halloween which will be a real treat for my kids.

      many thanks
      Margaret

      • Jenn says:

        Just call up Disney reservations. (407-939-7675 was the number I used. I don’t know if there’s a toll free one, you can check the Disney parks site for one.) You can buy the tickets right over the phone. That’s how I purchased mine. Then they just mail them to you.

  29. Rikki says:

    Hi! Great post– thanks for the tips! Do you know if Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is open during the party? They have great parade-viewing from their patio and I wonder if that is an option during the Boo to You parade.

  30. Liz says:

    Has you been to the MNSSHP on Halloween.. we r going on on Halloween 2013 (Oct 30 -Nov 5) with a 7 and 9 year old… How are the crowds the week after Halloween? We were there last Augst . Had a blast but sweat the whole time!!!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Never done Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ON Halloween, but it’s the busiest and most expensive night of the party. Crowds AFTER Halloween in the parks generally aren’t that bad. It’s actually a nice time of year to visit!

  31. Joanne says:

    Thank you for all of this info. It is a huge help in my planning. I have just one question, though. If I have a 4 day base ticket, so no hopper, can I go to another park earlier in the day and then to MK at 4:00 for the MNSSHP?

    • Becca says:

      I know the answer to this one! Yes, you can go to one park earlier in the day and then use your MNSSHP ticket to get into MK that night–we’re doing that on our AK day! :-)

  32. Joanne says:

    THanks so much Becca! That changes our plans a bit. I had been thinking we needed to use a day on our park ticket PLUS the halloween party ticket to get in! But, now, we will have an extra day on our ticket! I am thinking the same as yoy – go to AK in the morning and then head to the halloween party at 4:00! Enjoy!

  33. Belinda says:

    How do i buy these tickets? And when? My entire family would like to go sense itll be my grandmothers first time in america

  34. diana s says:

    I know normally Disney tends to be pretty strict, but during the MNSHP, does Disney have any special restrictions about the costumes the guests can wear? For example, can one dress up as a Jack Sparrow or Cinderella?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The only restrictions are in the form of “decency,” although I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t look too kindly upon guests posing as the “real” character and signing autographs! :)

      • Jenn says:

        My last MNSSHP my father and I (the rest of the family was slacking getting to the MK on time haha) saw three Tinkerbells and two Minnie Mouses turned away because of the length of their costume. I’m pretty sure if they added shorts or something they would be allowed in. It’s kinda up to whom ever is at the turnstile. Just keep in mind it’s Disney, it’s a family park and not a frat party. Nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction on Space Mountain! :)

    • Jodi says:

      You can’t have your face covered.

  35. brian says:

    we are planning to attend this year, and my question is….having been there for new years eve…is the crowd to the same level on Halloween if you go on the 31st? is it better to go not on the 31?

  36. Sydney says:

    Hey there! I tried to read all the comments to see if my question was already answered, but just can’t do it. X.X sorry!
    So I’m actually from California and wanted to go to the one in Disneyland (I don’t know if it has the same name). Anyway, I was wondering if you’ve ever seen people dressed in really elaborate, convincing costumes. Or if that’s not allowed…I plan on making a fancy Belle dress and wearing it (if I do actually go) but if I actually LOOKED like Belle, would they tell me I couldn’t wear it? That will make me sad ): haha

  37. Erin says:

    Hey! Love your blog! Planning a trip to the Halloween Party for 2014, will have an 8yr old and 4yr old girl at that time. When is the best time to go to park for lowest crowds, shortest lines etc?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The earlier in the cycle of the event (so, September), the better. The closer you get to Halloween, the busier the parties. School nights are best for avoiding locals, too.

  38. Julia says:

    Hi! AWESOME review! We took our kids last year to Magic Kingdom. They loved it, and we decided to go again this year. We were just going to go all day like last year and the kids stressed that they wanted to ride specific rides, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Car. Seeing this review made us completly change our plans. We will be doing this instead. So, my question is 1. Are all rides open? 2. Are there “fast pass”? 3. If not fast passes, how long of a wait do you suspect the rides are before and after the fireworks? Thank you again.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I don’t recall whether FastPass is available after 7 pm (I believe it is), but if you arrive at 4 pm, it’s definitely available then. Waits depend upon the day you go to the party. On a sold out party night, waits can be almost as bad as normal. On a light night, pretty much everything will be a walk-on after the fireworks. Go in September on a school night for the lowest crowds.

      • Jenn says:

        If you already hold a FP for after 7pm it will be honored, otherwise to the best of my knowledge they weren’t available. But most of the waits, we always go in September and on Tuesdays were walk on’s or 15-30 minutes. We would watch the first parade, then ride rides during the second as many of the littles (under 3-6) have crashed by then.

  39. Valerie says:

    Hi! My sister and I (27 and 31 yo) are going to Disney on Halloween (oct.28 to nov. 3). If we go to MK for the day (until 7pm), are we going to see some halloween costumes and decorations (for example between 4pm and 7pm) even if we do not go to the MNSSHP? :/ Not that we don’t want to spend a lot of money on our vacation, but we are actually hesitating with the Horror night that cost half price on week days while we are at Universal…

    We know that these 2 events are completly different, but we wonder if we would really enjoy the MNSSHP for that much money and if visiting the MK would just be enough with decorations :/

    Thanks!!

    • BobD says:

      I was there *before* MNSSHP last year. When 7pm arrives and they are herding non-ticketed members out of the park, they turn on the lighting package and music that isn’t present during regular hours. So yes the park looks and sounds very different during MNSSHP versus regular hours.

      I did attend the Christmas party last year and I was disappointed. You could see the same Christmas parades and fireworks during regular hours in the weeks following the party. But that’s not the case with the Holloween party.

      That said, my favorite place to view perimeter fireworks is from the Ferry dock at the TTC or the beach at the Polynesian, neither of which require park admission. When you are in the park, you can’t take it all in because it is all around you. But, from those locations you can see everything, plus you get the water reflections.

      • BobD says:

        Two other great out-of-park fireworks viewing choices are the viewing platform from the Contemporary Hotel (go up to the 3rd floor where Chef Mickeys and the gift shops are, head towards the gift shops and out the doors at the end), or if you are staying with DVC the Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Towers. The only problem with those locations is that they are at a 45 degree angle to the fireworks display. They are designed for viewing along Main Street. If you watch from the Poly beach that’s best for getting the full symmetry of the fireworks show design.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Great tips! We mention the Top of the World Lounge location in our article on the “Best Magic Kingdom Fireworks Views” – http://www.disneytouristblog.com/magic-kingdom-best-fireworks-views/

  40. Dee says:

    Hi Tom, thanks for this blog, it’s GREAT! I have a question – if we are NOT going to the Halloween party in the evening, do you suggest that we avoid the MK that day (because of the early closing time and the extra crowds that will enter the park at 4:00)? Trying to work out which parks to visit on which dates of our trip. Thank you!

    • Jenn says:

      I would. Unless you have park hoppers and you are able to do another park on that day. You’ll want to see the fireworks at the MK which you won’t be able to leaving at 7. However if you can, the MNSSHP is totally worth it. We go every year and have a blast. I’m 30 and along with my sister her family and my parents we dress up and pretend we are all kids. Haha. It really is something to think about. But to answer your original question, yes plan your MK day around the party if you can. You’ll get more time, get to see the fireworks, and just have a better experience over all :)

  41. Kelly says:

    Hi, we are going to the magic kingdom on a day that the NSSHP is occurring. My question is this…can we make a dining reservation for a restaurant in the park at 6:45 if we aren’t planning on staying for the party? We, of course would leave the park after eating, but it will probably be close to 8 pm at that time. Thank you.

  42. April says:

    I know this is silly but did you guys see jack and sally from nightmare before Christmas??? That’s who me and my little one are hoping to see at the party this year.

    • Kelly says:

      We saw them at Disneyland last year, Nov 2012 for Christmas and they are AWESOME!! They stay in complete character, Jack even walks like in the movie, and Sally does the weird forlorn dead rag doll look. We can not say enough how awesome their makeup was. My girls followed them from Haunted Mansion to their meet and greet spot down by the water like they were following the pied piper…and both Jack and Sally were SO gracious. We have the most darling pictures. It was a true highlight, as was the holiday haunted mansion in general. Add in the beignets and music in the French quarter and it was in a word SUPERB.

      I have not heard about WDW Jack and Sally…but our experience at Disneyland was so cool.

  43. Pete says:

    How early in the day could we make dinner reservations and they would let us in? I mean I know they normally let you in at four, but if we have reservations at 315 would they let us in?

  44. Kathy Tierney says:

    Thanks for all of the information on the Halloween Party, especially what time it begins as the hours are found no where on line. We are looking to go in October and if the fireworks are listed to begin at 9:30, do I assume that the park closes for the Halloween party at 10:00?

  45. Rita says:

    We have gone five years in a row. We call ourselves the dead sisters. We always wear costumes. This year we break tradition and are going as couples. It is one of the most amazing parties in Disney and I have been to most of them. It’s creative, imaginative and just plain fabulous. The parade and fireworks are awesome

  46. Glenn says:

    Taking my daughter on 10/17 or 18 to our first Party. So excited to see the park at Halloween time.

  47. cris says:

    i would like to know if all the guests at the party can reach 4 PM , or just the guests who are staying in hotels disney
    I thank you and I await response
    cris

  48. Cindy Harrison says:

    If you have a dinner reservation and no ticket to the event can you still go to your reservation? Liberty tree tavern 7:55.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Technically, no. Given the time on your ADR versus the start of the party, you might try arriving at Liberty Tree Tavern right AT 7 pm and either try to be seated then, or wait around until your 7:55 pm ADR.

  49. Lauren says:

    I love the ears Sarah is wearing with the astronaut costume. Did she make those or buy them?

  50. Karly says:

    Hi, are you able to give me details of how trick or treating works in the Magic Kingdom? It’s not something we do here in Australia and it’s a part of the party that I was really looking forward to. You say not to do it, that it wastes time, but is that because it’s something you’ve grown up with and don’t consider all that special?
    I’m wondering if I should do the Halloween party twice so that I don’t miss anything, or if the novelty of trick or treating would wear off within half an hour?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you have kids and they have never trick or treated, they will likely LOVE it. If it’s just you as an adult, I think the novelty would wear off fairly quickly. You could always go early in your trip and then determine at that point whether you want to go again later?

      • Evelyn says:

        I will be going to Disneylandmon 10/30. I am taking my granddaughter and we are going for the trick or treating. Will they give you a bag, a map, is it all over the park or just toon town? Any info you can provide would be helpful

  51. Jenn says:

    Great info. Spot on. My family and I go every year and love it. Ant wait for this year!

  52. Lauren says:

    Hi Tom,
    Do you know if they still do Donald and Daisy in Halloween costumes??? I went last year and was disappointed that I didnt get pictures of ANYONE in Halloween costumes except for Mickey and Minnie (Im a huge fan of pictures with characters). Last year was my first year going to MNSSHP and I hadnt done any research and definitely learned from all of my mistakes last year how quickly the time goes by. Your guide is great and will definitely take advantage of it for my trip ths year! I REALLY hope I find Donald and Daisy! Do you remember where they were when you saw them?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t think they still do them. I’m thinking the last time we saw them was in Mickey’s Toontown, but I’m not entirely sure. Sorry!

    • Bec50 says:

      Donald and Daisy are appearing in costume at the entrance to storybook. they are on the right just before the archway and the Dumbo ride is on the left just after you enter the archway. donald is a pumpkin and daisy is a princess in a blue dress

  53. Kelly says:

    Tom, getting ready to head to the MNSSHP in September. We did it in 2011 and had a BLAST. My girls are five and seven and they TOTALLY agree with you that the Country Bears should be in Frontierland for meet and greets (hint, hint if Disney reads this blog.) my questions for you – do you think your above post pretty much stands for planning for 2013? Do you know if Brer Rabbit is ever out near Splash Mountain? We can’t wait to see some Characters who are not out as much.

    Cheers. We love your blog!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Barring any major changes (and there are almost never major changes), this advice is pretty applicable for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in 2013…2014…2015…etc.

      • Kelly says:

        Hey Tom,
        I just saw that Jack and Sally are joining MNSSHP at MK this year! We saw them last year at Disneyland for Christmas and they were SO cool. Also saw that Mike and Sully are doing some type of scream-o-ween dance party in Tomorrowland. Wondering if this will replace Stitch’s usual dance party?

      • Tom Bricker says:

        I saw that, too. I’ll be updating this page shortly to reflect the additions.

  54. Heidi says:

    Is there a way to add the MNSSHP on to your existing tickets…like if I already have tickets for a day that party will be held, can I just add on tickets to the party for an extra fee, or would it be full-price?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Unfortunately, there is no way to do this. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets must be purchased separately.

  55. Jiny says:

    Wow, this is a very happy event, I hope to joint it this Halloween.

  56. Gerry says:

    Question, Lets say a Disney Cast Member helps to bring my family in the daytime to Magic Kingdom, can we stay for the Halloween event party or we will still need to pay for the event? I don’t mind paying, but if a cast member brings us in and their ticket pass given to us allows us to stay for the whole day which does include the halloween event?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      No, it does not include the Halloween Party. You’ll have to purchase a separate ticket for that. Fortunately, several dates have Cast Member discounts, so you might check with your friend about that if you want to attend the party.

  57. Tori says:

    I was wondering if the trick or treating is just regular candy or something special? And do they have any special treats at the bake shop or anywhere else?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Regular candy.

      They do have special Halloween treats you can purchase throughout the parks, but to my knowledge, none specific to the hard ticket Halloween Party.

    • Kelly says:

      The only ” special” candy my girls remember from the party in 2011 were the Mickey Mouse shaped suckers. Otherwise, we only remember typical stuff. My girls were 3 and 5 then and we only trick-or-treated if the stop was on our way to something -like when they wanted to see all the dwarfs together (which was a long wait, but an AWEsome experience, with the cutest photos of our girls giggling and the dwarfs teasing them. If you do the dwarfs, head there when they start for sure.). Te funny thing is in the car today, my daughter who was three then, now five says “I hope we get those Mickey Mouse suckers again when we go this year” so what is “special’ is all a matter of perspective. But from the adults perspective, this is a not-to-be-missed, but expensive add on for those also buying a theme park ticket that day like we are. So food is very low on the experience list for the night. We staked a spot on Main Street early, because you MUST see the headless horseman gallop down Main Street, and my hubbie got food at Casey’s Corner for all to eat while we waited. Tis worked superbly. Kids loved their corn dog nuggets and cheese for the fries.

    • Kelly says:

      I forgot to say that the mickey shaped suckers were also being handed out by cast members while the kids waited for the parade to start – so we didn’t have to go to the trick-or-treat stops for them. There were cute mickey ghost and pumpkin cookies at one of the bakery places. The whole environment is just so awesome that we can’t remember it all! Have a great time.

      • Jan Henry says:

        I hope they’re giving those suckers to adults too! We’ve done Halloween events in our home state where there are a few stations, but it’s been 27 years since I’ve been eligible to trick or treat on that scale. I can’t wait, because I never grew out of going from place to place in costume and opening my bag for a treat. I probably won’t even eat it all… too conscious for that — it’s just collecting it that’s so much fun!

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  59. Patty says:

    We’ll be attending our very first MNSSHP this year and was thinking of just waiting for the 2nd Boo to You parade rather than trying to see the first one and see all the characters, just wondering if the headless horseman rides for both parades or just the first?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      He rides before both parades.

      • Marcy says:

        Tom Disney is telling me today they will not allow admission at 4 and will only allow people in at 7PM with Mickey ticket starting this year. Please Reply

      • Tom Bricker says:

        That would be a new policy if true. I’m not sure if it is–I haven’t heard either way from any reliable sources. I would think that they’d have to do some sort of early admission (whether that be 4 pm or 6:30 pm) just so they don’t have a flood of people in and out of the park right at 7 pm. That would be problematic for operations.

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  61. Matt says:

    Hey Tom
    We’re going down toward the end of October – I was looking at the calendar for ‘Celebrate the Magic’ projection show and it looks like it’s only happening on nights with the halloween party? Is the projection show different than Wishes/Hallowishes? Last year they ended ‘The magic the memories and you’ just before we got down there, so we didn’t get to see that one either.
    If they’re only doing ‘Celebrate the magic’ during the halloween party, i feel like we HAVE to go!
    Thanks!

  62. Brooke says:

    We are visiting Disney during our annual vacation Sept 15th-20th. We decided to do the Halloween party this year, and am wondering about the rides. We won’t be at the park all day, and this will be our first visit to MK this year. Are all the fast passes gone before the party actually starts? We plan to get in about 4pm, and do rides before the party starts at 7pm, but will wanna do some rides too. Especially Peter Pan since we missed that last year~ Thanks

  63. Shannon says:

    We are heading down for our 1st MNSSHP in October. Is there some type of brochure you get to tell you when and where you can see the different characters/dance parties/parades/fireworks/etc? Is this something you can find online prior to getting to MK or do you just have to wait until you get there?

  64. Hayley says:

    Hello! I went to the party last year, but did not dress up. This year for Halloween I’m going all out as Merida and planned on attending the MNSSHP this year as well! I was wondering if adults were allowed to wear wigs? I was told that you are as long as you don’t pretend to be the actual character performer and take photos/sign with kids, but it wasn’t a very reliable source. I’d hate to get ready and have to take my wig off once I got there!

  65. Kavita says:

    This will be our second year attending and I need some clarity on the additional parties please. I remember when we went two years ago, we all found ourselves dancing- including our then 2 yr old – with Goofy and a few of his friends. There was a stage set up and a DJ as well.

    Are those the parties that you’ve mentioned in your posting? Or is there something else that I should be aware of? What would you recommend since we’ll be with our 4yr old?

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • Tom Bricker says:

      What you did was one of the dance parties! I think the typical party entertainment will be fun for a four year old. The parade, dance parties, stage show, and character meet and greets should all be fine. Fireworks, too, if they don’t scare your son/daughter.

  66. Melissa S says:

    We will be going to the NSSHP for the second time (were also there in ’09). My daughters really want to see Tinkerbelle! Is she ever there for autographs? Thanks for your valuable tips! We will arrive at 4 after reading your advice!

  67. Stacy says:

    On 9/13 I see the Villians party at HS as well. Are these events similar? Trying to decide which to attend. traveling with my spouse, 19 yo,12 yo, 9 yo and 7 yo

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The Villains Party is a one-time, no-charge event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Friday the Thirteenth. It doesn’t have a parade or as much entertainment, but it’s a unique event (at no cost). Personally, if I were down there, I’d go to the Villain Party. Then again, we’ve been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party many times, so it would be nice for us to do something new.

  68. Donna Champagne says:

    OMG I am getting so excited. This will be our first trip to
    Disney World during Halloween. Going to MNSSHP. Can’t wait to see all the decorations. There will be 5 ladies and 3 girls ages 4 to 9. We will be dressed up as Toy Story 3. Hurry up October 14 and get here.

  69. Jamie says:

    Hi Tom, me and my partner are thinking of attending this event. Can I just confirm that it finishes at 12am? If so what are the benefits to staying over there that late on?

    Also you earlier mentioned on transport away from this event, we are staying on I-Drive and are not renting a car. An I gather there won’t be too many buses running at that hour. So I guess it’ll be a taxi ride, I am just a little concerned on whether there will be taxi’s available if we stay until the end and also do you have any idea on how much a taxi would cost to the Wet an Wild area of I-Drive?

    Thanks

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The benefit of staying until it ends at 12 am is that the lines are much shorter for everything that late.

      I can’t speak to your transportation situation or costs, but taxis are available until well after the park closes.

  70. Nicole says:

    Since there are rumor Fairy Tale Hall will be opened Sept. 18, what will happen with the Prince and Princess’ during the party? Do you have any idea?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      My assumption is that they’ll move to Princess Fairytale Hall during the Party. I think that’s really the only thing that makes sense. I’ll update this post once we know for sure how that’ll work for Party nights.

  71. Cass says:

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this info. I love Halloween. Your help is much appreciated! Thanks!

  72. Shannon says:

    This year my boyfriend and I are going to attend MNSSHP for the first time! We’re going September 27th, and I was wondering if people still dress up even though its September? And if so, how many? Don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb if we do decide to dress up!

    • Dee says:

      I was at the MK last Friday, and tons of people were in the park wearing costumes, especially later in the day (I assume they started letting people in for the Halloween party before 7, as it started getting a lot more crowded between 5-6). You definitely won’t stick out if you are wearing costumes!

  73. beckie says:

    We will be getting back from a cruise and are contemplating attending that evening. We have a 9 yo and a 1 yo. Wondering f itll b worth it, or if it isnt for young ones? Also do they have fast passes during party for rides and the town hall meets? Will princesses be in their new hall? And how does trick or treating work?

    • Elizabeth says:

      The party is not-so-scary, so it should be appropriate for kids of all ages, and as Tom said, the party is worth it at least once. I don’t think they have FP available during the party, and as far as I know the Princesses will be meeting in Princess Fairytale Hall after September 18th – that hasn’t been confirmed but it’s logical.
      At the party you’ll receive trick-or-treat bags (or you can bring your own) and there are treat stations throughout the park, and they will be listed on the Halloween party park map. You can visit the stations as many times as you want.

      • Evelyn says:

        Are the candy stations located through out the park, or located in one specific area? Will they all be listed on a map?

  74. Candice says:

    Thank you so much for this blog. We are leaving for Florida tomorrow and want to go. Knowing what happens and that you can go from 4 – 12 realy helps. thanks! We have a 22 month old so hopefully he enjoys it!

  75. Paula says:

    What type of camera did you use? Your pictures came out amazing!!! I’m looking for a new one before our trip in 3 weeks.

  76. BIc says:

    I have question and any feedback will be greatly appreciated. A friend and I are thinking of going it would be our first time and well neither of us have kids. Is this event mainly for for kids and people that have kids? or is there enough going around for two adults that love Halloween and Disney to have plenty of fun.

    Thank You,

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The tone is geared towards kids (in being ‘not so scary’), but we think it’s fun for adults, too. We go every year, and we don’t have kids! :)

  77. Naomi says:

    Are the photo pass people out during the NSSHP?

  78. Sarah says:

    I love your blog and photos! This will be our first year going to the MNSSHP and were so excited!
    I just hope we get everything done that we want to see and do lol.

    Your photos make me wish I had a nicer camera then my point and shoot one.
    I gotta know though..how in the world did you get a photo of Main street empty? That photo is amazing! :)

  79. BConduru says:

    Hi Tom.
    My girlfriend and I will be going to MNSSHP on Oct, 31. We bought ticktes for MK and to the party. My gf wants to see the parade at the end of the day. Question: Will be the normal parade and fireworks at the MNSSHP? Or it will be different of a normal day? I don’t know if it’s better go 2 differents day to the MK (1 for the park and another to MNSSHP. What do you think? Thank you so much.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The normal day parade will still happen (it’s in the afternoon, before the party) on the day of the party. The Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes! will not run that night, but will run on non-party nights. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, use your regular tickets a different day. You can get into the Magic Kingdom at 4 pm with your MNSSHP…possibly do something like water parks, Downtown Disney, or enjoy your hotel that morning until you can get into the party? Otherwise, that’s an awfully expensive day!

      • BConduru says:

        Thank you, Tom! We´ll stay a few days at Orlando. We’re arriving sunday at lunch, and leave on saturday afternoon. As it’s my gf first time, we’ll spend 1 day at each one of disney and universal, and take sunday and saturday to shopping. Does the attractions and entertainment work normally at night on both halloween parties (universal and disney)? Thank you so much, again.

  80. Cassandra says:

    Thank you for the info! I want to be sure I understand correctly: are all of the regular rides and attractions open until midnight? I want to save money by only going to the MK from 4pm-12am with my party ticket, but I want to enjoy some of my traditional favorites (Pirates, Space Mtn, the new Fantasyland, etc) in addition to all the extra Halloween events.

  81. Glenn says:

    I think I’ve read and viewed nearly everything I can online about MNSSHP and will be attending with my 14 year old daughter on 10/17.
    A twofold question…Any info on finding the Cadaver Dans vocal set?
    Secondly where’s a great spot for viewing the second parade? I’ve gone back and forth with this one. Wait longer and catch it on Main St for better lighting or the hub or catch the parade as it comes thru Frontierland/Liberty Square around the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. I want to be able to get good lighting for pics/video.
    Thanks! Glenn

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Definitely wait longer on Main Street. It’ll still be difficult to photograph there, but easier than anywhere else in the park.

  82. Bailey says:

    Tom, where did Sarah get her Mrs. Potts costume! So stinkin’ cute!!! :-)

  83. Pam says:

    We will be there during the Halloween party (Oct 10-17) We bought the “Magic Your Way Package Plus dining.” Do we have to have a special ticket for this event or do we have to leave the park at 7?

  84. Niesha says:

    I’m a little confused..

    Do you recommend the 1st or 2nd parade??

    Also, do we get any kind of information on times etc. when we get to MK?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      We recommend seeing both, since the parade is really good. If you know you’ll definitely only want to see it once, the second parade is the far less-crowded option.

  85. MCKROHN says:

    Love all of the tips. Most helpful blog I’ve found!
    I have a couple of questions. Are guests with MNSSHP still allowed to enter at 4pm? My costume is pants but the top is a little cropped and slightly see through. Its a princess jasmine costume! but I’m worried I might not be allowed in.

  86. Valerie says:

    Awesome blog with the most info I’ve found! This is our first time going to Mickey’s Halloween party and we are excited! But our costume idea involves full face paint – Day of the Dead sugar skull style. Is full face paint allowed? I am guessing it is since I read that masks are allowed if the eyes are fully visible. Thanks for your help! :)

  87. emily says:

    Is Jack and Sally at Walt Disney World too or just Disneyland?

  88. cassidee grice says:

    Can kids wear mask to the party? My son wants to be a power ranger.

  89. Elizabeth Massie says:

    Do you know when Disney usually posts the information for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? We have booked a trip for 2014 and I am excited to see which dates Disney picked for the Halloween Party for our trip.

    Thanks! Love all the pictures!

  90. alan says:

    Do Mickey and Minnie wear costumes at the Mickeys Theatre meet and greet?

    • Glenn says:

      I believe Mickey and Minnie wear their special purple party attire. I think Tom and Sarah have pics with them in this blog.

  91. Emilie says:

    Thanks to you both for the amazing research and the post about everything and anything disney. It’s truly been a lifesaver trying to plan my trip!

    I do have a question though.. you said that “If you do elect to just go with the second parade, you may end up kicking yourself, because this is the best parade Disney does.” Are the two parades different? Why is the first better?

    Thanks again!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      The two parades are not different at all. You may just enjoy the parade so much that you end up wanting to see it twice, and that’s only possible if you see the first parade. If you skip the first and only watch the second, you can’t then watch the parade again. Unless you have a time machine!

  92. Kristi says:

    This is an awesome article!! I am leaving in 17 days (not that I’m counting) for Disney World and I think I’m more excited than my 4 year old! We decided to go during this time because our little one, her favorite movie is Nightmare Before Christmas and since this is her first trip we wanted to make it a good one. Fingers crossed we run into Jack and Sally somewhere. We bought tickets to the Halloween Party and are really looking forward to it!

  93. Mary says:

    Thanks for the great tips as always Tom! After reading your recommendation to wear costumes, my sister and I dressed up as the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat and my dad was a pirate. We were so glad we followed your advice and dressed up. There were some pretty elaborate costumes out there! We also saw the second parade in Frontierland and were able to ride Big Thunder and Splash Mountain walk on right before the parade. Overall, it was a very fun night before the Tower of Terror 10 Miler the next night.

  94. Kim says:

    This will be our 4th year for MNSSH at WDW! My kids are now 23 and 20 and still look forward to going. The parade and fireworks are amazing. This is a FANTASTIC review site and makes me even more excited for October 18th! Please try to purchase tickets early, looks like they are selling out some nights.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Good advice on the pre-purchase of tickets. I’ve been surprised by how early some nights are selling out this year. Not even the nights that are normally really popular, like Halloween itself. There are some seemingly random nights that have sold out pretty early.

  95. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this post and all the great tips! I got a real kick out many of these great photos too. I’ll admit that most of my Halloweens in Orlando have been spent at Halloween Horror Nights, but this review has helped give me a new perspective. Additionally, the lines at HHN are getting a bit old.

  96. Amy says:

    Attended WDW 2013 Party on 10/17/2013, cast member told us they where out of the Mickey Pin. Could only find on tee at the emporium. Checked ebay, any advice on how to get one other than ebay?

  97. Reyes says:

    Great article.

  98. Amanda says:

    Hi! We are hoping to attend the halloween party and Christmas party in 2014 and are hoping we can do it all in one trip, do you know if the dates are usually the same time every year and when they release them? Thanks!!!!!

  99. Katie says:

    Hi, we are planning on going to WDW in October but we don’t want to attend the Halloween party. My concern is with so many party dates, does anyone know if this cuts into park time much? I guess I’m worried that we would be losing out on time at the parks since MK closes so early. Anyone know if there are usually extra magic hours for MK other nights so we aren’t missing out? And would the other parks have the extra magic hours on nights of the parties? Thanks!

    • Nicole says:

      we went last year and yes the party nights did cut into the hours. park closes at 7 unless you are attending the party. there were at least 2 days that the park was open late and with no party and had extra magic hours. one night it was open to 1am! of course the times will very depending on when you go. for example i am going this sept and there is only one night that MK is open late and unfortunately its the same night we need to be in another park. we plan on getting up early this trip and being there when it opens. I spoke with a cast member yesterday and oct hours aren’t available yet, but i was pleasantly surprise to learn that they get the hours and info a few weeks before it’s posted online and can give it to you. i would imaging in the next 2 weeks you could call and get the hours and party dates. have fun!

  100. Steve says:

    Tom- love your blog. Thank you!!

    We are doing to WDW this fall and had planned on going to MNSSHP. But we are also doing a disney cruise right after our WDW trip and the boat will be decked out for Halloween. Our first thought was to skip out on the Halloween party and save ourselves $300. Any thoughts on this trade off? Have you heard much about how the cruise Halloween party compares to MNSSHP? Thanks!!

  101. stacy Hendrick says:

    Ok Dumb Question, I’m obviously missing something. The part of your article about saving on tickets by buying one less day on your park tickets-I thought you had to pay park entry, as well as, the price of the Halloween Party?? Do I have that wrong?? Thanks!

    • Tonja says:

      You only have to pay park admission if you want to go to the park before the MNSSHP. So if you only want to go to the party you just buy the ticket for the event.

  102. Jamie T says:

    Thanks for all the tips. I have a few questions.
    We are going for the first time this October 2014. I was planning on being Rapunzel, my husband Flynn, and our boys Buzz and Woody. Are these ok? I didn’t know Disney has strict rules about costumes worn by guests. I had never thought of wearing costumes at WDW before.
    Also, my boys will be 3 and 5. I know we will not make it past 9pm or so. We want to do the parade and Monsters Inc party. Anything else for sure we should get in in such a short time?

  103. Dawn Treash says:

    I have to share an experience I had with my children at the Halloween party at DW. This has been many years ago because my daughter was 5 (now 21) and my son 2 (now 19). As we were trick or treating through Disney we went in to t or t at Mickeys house my daughter so excited to see Mickey left her bag of treats in Mickey’s house and by the time we went back it was gone! She was so distraught over this. Bill a man that worked at Disney seen her crying and asked what happened and in his words said “well we will fix this” he took my daughter by the hand got her a new bag and went to every store handing out goody’s telling at each place what had happened. They were all so generous she left there with MORE then what she originally had and had the experience of a life time. I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life and neither will she. I so appreciated that man and everyone that participated in making it the best Halloween ever for her. The staff at Disney World is fantastic and am now planning a trip to take the next generation my granddaughter on the same trip so excited to give her the same experience her mother had at the same age. Disney and their staff ROCK!!!

  104. MrsM says:

    When does Disney release the dates they will have the party? We are taking a trip mid October and will need to make dining reservations in a few weeks. I’ve noticed Disney doesn’t seem to release extra magic hours as far in advance as they used to. Without knowing what day they will have the party and when all of the extra magic hours are I have no idea when to make dining reservations. Some of our reservations are hard to get so I’ll want to book 180+ days out. Any advice?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Last year the dates were released in early May, but they were known before that based on 7 pm closings on the park calendars. As soon as the September and October calendars come out, we’ll have a 95% accurate idea of when the parties will be.

  105. KIm says:

    Is there possibly a good restaurant to make reservations at where you have good view of one of the parades or the fireworks? What times would be best?

  106. Dawn says:

    My family attended MNSSHP for the first time last yr. (Oct. 14, 2013) and had the BEST time. We used your tips in planning out our evening and they were very helpful. We began with meeting the Seven Dwarfs and even though we lined up early, that particular line moved very slowly, eating up a lot of party time. Passing on Pooh and friends, we made our way over to see Tarzan and Turk and lucked out and got Jane in our pictures as well. They were by far the most entertaining of all the characters we met. Afterwards we saw Captain Jack and the line was surprisingly short and went quickly. The cherry on the sundae for us was the parade. We showed up early to get good seats b/c we were skyping the parade to my parents on the iPad. Every single character and dancer that passed by stopped and waved at them thru the iPad. Some even had conversations with them. Cruella was the best. Even the characters on the floats were pointing and waving at them. it was truly and unforgettable experience. The only thing I regret is waiting until the last night of our visit to attend the party as we were all pretty wiped out after a week long trip. We now know better for next time.

  107. Nicole says:

    Just an fyi, I called and spoke to a cast member yesterday and said I was planning my sept trip and wanted to avoid the party nights and they were able to give me all the confirmed dates in sept. not sure if they have oct yet as the park hour and info only went til the end of sept (even though online it’s not released yet.) anyway, you may want to call and get the list of dates because they have a lot of them planned out and the cast members know the dates :)

  108. Evie says:

    How early can I purchase tickets for Mickeys not so scary Halloween party? I plan on visiting October 24, 2014 through Nov 1,2014

  109. Tiffany McCurry says:

    Hey! how much are the tickets and can I already be in the park for that day and still go to the Halloween party if I pay for it as well? and I have to stay at a disney resort to be able to get to take my son to the Mickey’s not so scary halloween party? I hope to hear from you soon thanks for your time… The McCurry family :)

  110. Melissa K says:

    What time do the fireworks start? I am going in the fall but not buying tickets for the Halloween party – but am thinking about trying to catch a glimpse of the fireworks outside of MK. Thanks!

  111. tryphena says:

    I’m planning a trip middle of Oct in 2015. We will want to do as much as possible, so thinking we will only watch the parade once. Since it sounds like 2nd parade is less busy, we would do that one. If first parade is busy, would lines for mickey/minnie, or seven dwarfs, or princess/princes be shorter? Good time to catch busy activities??

    Was thinking this would be good for our arrival date, since will likely only have half a day to enjoy anything. But then woundered if should wait till end so we know if we missed rides or charecters. Or is it better to see what charectors we miss here for later? Any suggestions?
    Thank you. This was all very helpful information. I had no idea how this worked, will need to figure this into my schedule!

  112. Natalie says:

    Hi! My fiancé and I will be arriving to DW on 9/23/14 for our honeymoon! We booked our room through dreams unlimited travel. They will be putting together an itinerary for us and so far they have listed that the Halloween Party will be on 9/23, 9/27 & 9/30 during our stay. I know the official dates haven’t been posted but I am guessing they have the inside scoop. So slightly different than your anticipated dates for the end of September :-)

    Suggestions on attending the party and planning to have dinner as well? or should we eat a big lunch and find a snack later?

    Thanks!

  113. Heather says:

    We will be going in October – I am hoping to get reservations to Be our Guest (crossing my fingers). My open window does not open for a few more weeks BUT will you still be able to get dinner reservations at MK Table seating the nights of the party? It would be great to be done with dinner before the party. We are staying at the Contemporary so walking there for dinner is not a problem (and we will have the park hopper if we do not attend MK that day or the party).

  114. Marissa says:

    I have a question What if you are planning on being in the Magic Kingdom that day and have a Halloween ticket. Do they let you stay? Or do you have to go out and in again
    Thank you Your info was awesome

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, you will be able to stay. There are stations in the park where you can pick up a wristband starting at around 4 pm. At 7 pm, they start “sweeping” out guests who don’t have the wristbands.

      Have a great time! :)

  115. Lana says:

    Does Disneyland also do this or is it specific to WDW?

    Thank-you

  116. Erin says:

    Hi! My mom, my 5 year old daughter & I are planning to visit Disney World in late October-early November. We were wondering about the crowd levels for the (projected)November 2nd MNSSHP. Does the party after Halloween tend to be extremely busy?

  117. Shawna says:

    Can adults enter the park wearing costumes at 4, or would they have to wait to put on their costume at 7?

  118. Cindy Hall says:

    Hello – very helpful blog!
    Do we need to have admission into the Magic Kingdom Park the day of the Not-so-Scary Halloween Party? I’m thinking that yes you do. We are attending Disney for the first time this fall and plan to spend 4 days at the various theme parks and I am trying to discern whether we need to plan our day at MK around this event as I’d love to take the kids!
    Thanks!

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  120. Tracy says:

    I have the task of convincing a 9 year old and an 11 year old that waiting in line for candy is not worth it.
    What kind of candy do they give out? I’m sure they think it’s fantastic DISNEY CANDY. If I knew I would have an easier time talking them out of standing in line for it.

    thanks!

  121. Jennifer says:

    Great tips! Any chance of a similar blog on Disneyland Mickey’sHalloween Party Tips? Chances are that is the one I will be able to go to next.

  122. Shona says:

    Hiya. My family are visiting from England from mid October to early November. We have the 14 day pass for Disney. I think this event sounds fab and will probably spend the extra to bring them one night (Tuesday sounds best from your comments) I know Disney do regular fireworks shows a few times a week. Do these still take place on the non-halloween-party nights? Great site by the way. Thanks. x

  123. Lori says:

    We’re taking my son on a Disney Cruise in October and wanted to do Disney World for the day before the cruise. It’s his first time and we really want to get the most out of our trip. I have doubts he could make it up past 8, especially since we’ll be going when the park opens. One of my favorite memories as a child is the electric light parade. If you don’t have a ticket to the Halloween party do you miss that? Is it dark enough to have one earlier?

  124. Lynn says:

    Hi, what happens the day after Halloween 2014 at WDW parks? We’ll be there through 11/4. Is everything still decorated?
    Thank you!

  125. Nick says:

    Will the villains after the Villains Mix n Mingle sign autographs? Also, I know that all 7 dwarves will not sign, but could I just get one autograph from one dwarf? Would that be possible? Thanks!

  126. Kat Fisher says:

    I went to a MNSSHP last October, and it seemed WAY overbooked. The park was SO grossly overcrowded, we missed so much. I love Disney, but in my experience, the MNSSHP doesn’t look the same from the inside, as it does in the blogs and on the website. They should sell half the number of tickets to keep the experience magical.

  127. Maggie B says:

    We are thinking of going to MNSSHP on Halloween night. How quickly do those tickets sell out? Do you think they will still be available in 2 weeks? We are working out some scheduling kinks and are not sure if we are going the first week of October or the last though I am leaning towards the last since they are offering the free dining.

  128. Joanne says:

    Do I understand correctly that there are two parades? If so what time is the last parade. We can not arrive before 9:00 (an away this is not ideal) but can we still catch a parade?

  129. Joanna says:

    About what time is HalloWishes? I am going to the Halloween party, but on another MNSSHP night I have reservations at California Grill and I am hoping my 9:00 reservation is going to line up with HalloWishes.

  130. Heather B. says:

    Hi Tom! Thank you so much for the great write up and super pics! I just purchased a ticket to this event on Oct 3, 2014. This will be my very first MNSSHP and I’m tremendously excited!! I will also be there that weekend for the ToT 10 Miler which is supposed to have an excellent Villains After Party. So I’m hoping to get my fill of Villains during my stay. Reading your blog has really helped me to know what to expect and to come up with a plan of attack. :) Thanks again

  131. Oh this party looks sooo cool! We will be there for Halloween this year and we are hoping to attend. We did the Christmas Party last year and loved it. Halloween is my second favorite holiday so I hope we get to go! :)

  132. Mel says:

    Any idea if Anna and Elsa will be in Fantasyland for MNSSHP this year?

  133. Kristen says:

    We are arriving early am October 30th and want to attend the MNSSHP either the 30th or 31st. Which night would you go? My son’s 8th birthday is the 30th. Thanks

  134. Melissa says:

    We will be attending the party this year, and we are going to do as you suggest and do something else earlier in the day rather than use a park ticket. Do you know if they will allow us to book and use fastpass+ in that 4:00-7:00 window before the party starts? Thanks for the great write-up! It was super helpful and we are very excited!

  135. Rachel says:

    First, love your blog & all your advice/tips/pics/stories :) :)

    We are going to attend MNSSHP for the first time 9/16/14 (yay!!)
    Can you tell me what the meet & greets with the characters (say example the 7 dwarfs) are like durning the parades?? If we skip the 1st parade will the line to meet them likely be shorter?

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  137. HI – We are attending the halloween party and do not have park tickets to use that day. Can we book fastpass reservations for between 4-7? Thanks for all of the great info! Amanda

    • Tom Bricker says:

      How FastPass+ will be handled during the parties isn’t quite yet known (now that the system is fully rolled out), especially in that case. My guess is that you’ll be able to make FastPass+ reservations AFTER 7, but not between 4 and 7. That’s just a guess, though.

  138. Doreen says:

    How do you know where you need to line up for the characters at the Halloween Party?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You should have a pretty good idea based on the park map, but we always ask a nearby Cast Member or people already in the line what they’re there for just to confirm. The lines are *not* clearly marked.

  139. pam martin says:

    Love this blog. Going in Oct with a 3 and 4 year old. Should be fun. Grammie

  140. Keri says:

    Hi, I am planning WDW trip in september with my 7 year old daughter and originally had plan on getting the 4 day pass for the parks, is it worth spending a full day at Magic Kingdom and getting tickets for the Halloween party or should we only get a 3 day park pass and see magic kingdom at night during the party. It is our first time at WDW and i really want to see as much as we can since we probly wont be returning for a long time. Any input? thanks

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If your budget allows, our recommendation would be to do the Magic Kingdom on its own separate day, and then do the party. For kids, the Magic Kingdom has the most to do, and you’re really going to have a tough time seeing much of what the party has to offer and doing many attractions.

  141. Sandy says:

    Just bought my tickets yesterday. We will be there on Halloween night!!! Beyond excited!

  142. Lucy May says:

    You’re blog is fantastic, thanks so much for all the fantastic advice! My friend and I are probably going to Disney World for two weeks over Halloween – would it be worth going to the Not-so-scary party twice? I absolutely love meeting and greeting the characters, but then meeting the likes of Mickey/Pooh etc doesn’t bother me too much as we can do that during the day. I’m mainly interested in meeting the baddies and seeing all the entertainment. Thanks!

  143. Cherie says:

    Thanks for the great info! It’s been about 8 years since I’ve been to MNSSHP. We are going this October and taking our 6 year old twins. Here’s my question…I know Liberty Tree Tavern hasn’t been a “character dining” restaurant for many years; however, I could swear that when my husband and I dined there during MNSSHP approx 8 years ago there were characters dressed up in costume. I remember b/c I was pleasantly surprised when they came out b/c I wasn’t expecting any. Do you know if there were characters at Liberty Tree tavern during dinner hours at MNNSHP in 2013? Thanks!

  144. fee says:

    TOM: 2014 Halloween. (huge country bears character fan) do you think they will be out for meet and great this year or on float only? When doing “villain” meet and greats do you find repeat of same characters? Hook, Queen Of Hearts, Smee, Evil Queen?
    At “LAND” (my park) we have NO honest john, gillian, maleficent.
    Hoping to see some at wdw this year that we don’t have at Land.
    Thoughts?

    • Shivatopia says:

      At WDW’s MNSSHP, for the villains, if it is the same version of the Villains Dance Mix and Mingle since 2011, you will have the opportunity to meet Maleficent, Dr. Facilier, Queen Grimhilde (from Snow White), Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, the Queen of Hearts, and Frollo after each stage performance (up to 4 shows/set per night, weather permitting). The other villains that were available in the park during the party in 2013 to meet included: The Tremaines, Jafar, and Gaston.

  145. Leuford says:

    My wife and I are attending the Halloween Party this year and was wondering if anyone could provide any advice on the best places to eat in the park during the event and if any of the restaurants are specifically themed for the Halloween Party?

    • sarah says:

      Check the Disney Food Blog closer to the event. There are usually some special snacks that are just for the party. I personally have trouble resisting the popcorn buckets that are special that time of year (I still have the ghost Mickey from a couple of years ago). Also keep in mind that many of the restaurants close during the party. I had gotten a quick burger at Pecos Bill and the Cosmic Cafe, but a lot of places are closed. I try to eat an early dinner before heading to the party at 4.

  146. Caitlin says:

    Hi,
    are the regular evening fireworks at MK cancelled on the nights when the halloween party is on?
    Is it just the halloween party fireworks on these nights?

  147. Kevin Schneider says:

    We’re all set for the Sept 1st Halloween Party. We’re so excited! We took your advice and didn’t buy park tickets for that day. Treasure Cruise, Surrey Bikes, Stormalong Bay, Beaches and Cream, arrive close to 4.

    Yes, my wife has made more than one “you’re just like that Disney Bricker Guy” comment. Don’t take too much offense, of all the Disney stuff I read, she(we) trust your and your wife’s reviews the most.

    I’m trying to get my touringplan finalized… trying to plan in ‘some’ rides during the festivities. Do you know what times the Boo parade, Hallowishes, and Villains are?

  148. matt says:

    We will be at WDW in late September and wanted to attend the Halloween party. We were just there in January and used the new magic bands. We had to swipe our bands to get on all of the rides, we were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to ride any rides (after 7) if we just purchased tickets to the party and did not enter a park on that day. Do they just look at your party band and let you through on the rides or is the party ticket attached to your magic band in some way? Thanks for your help, loved all the advice on your site.

  149. Chrissy says:

    I am coming to DisneyWorld on Nov.1st 2014, but the Halloween party ends on Halloween. I was wondering if they ever extend the party, because I would love to be able to dress up and have fun!!!!! Thank you!!

  150. Jill says:

    Hey, just want to let you know that I really appreciated the great photography in your blog!!!! How did you manage to shoot Main Street without any people in it??!

  151. Angela says:

    Your website is my favorite tips site! You two make a cute couple and I love that you both are so into Disney. Most of us don’t have that blessing!

    My mom and I are going to the MNSSHP in Sept before our cruise. We went in late Sept 2012. I loved it! We did the park all day and then changed into cute custom made tees for the party and kept going til midnight. Was soooo much fun!

    One thing that I keep seeing is how uncrowded many of the lines are during the party. We did not find that to be the case at all. The usual popular rides were still popular, esp since some rides are closed during the party. We watched both parades, so perhaps it got better during. But every character we saw had huge lines and many rides had the same lines they had had all day. Crazy amount of peeps! We were glad we rode the Haunted Mansion twice before the party started as after 6pm the line was so long we couldn’t find the end.

    Your advice on trick or treating was right on- the lines were always slow and long, even late into the night. At the very end I got into a shortish line and with slow, tired kiddos- it took 10 minutes or more for 3 pieces of candy!

    Looking forward to another party this year. But since we saw the parade twice last time, we are going to skip the first one this time and visit characters. I am hoping to see the usual Cinderella’s characters- esp the mice. I have never “met” them and Cindy is my fav story.

  152. Bee says:

    Sorry if this is a repeat question.

    We want to attend MNSSHP this Oct. for the first time ever :) . My question is, once you arrive at 4 and the fun starts at 7 are you able to ride the rides and all that stuff? and what time does it all end? just trying to figure out exactly how much time we’re actually paying for. thanks!!

  153. Rachel G says:

    We are going to MNSSHP this year for the first time! We have the memory maker and loved it back in Feb when we went. Will the characters at the Halloween party have the Cast Member photographers taking pics for you or do I need to plan on having to take my own photos with the characters?

  154. Dan says:

    Love your NASA outfits. Where did you get the orange one?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I made that myself. I purchased an orange mechanic’s suit on eBay, as well as various NASA patches, and attached them to the suit.

  155. Chloe says:

    Hi I was wondering because I’m going to disney land paris in October and do give out candy before the party because we just booked day tickets then realised that we should have booked tickets for the Mickey Halloween party, so my kids we’re saying can they still go trick or treating during the day but I don’t know if they do the candy stalls during the day ?

  156. Aryadne Zonetti says:

    Hi! You guys just helped me a lot with this post. I’m from Brazil and I’ll be in Orlando in September/14. Today I was informed about this amazing party that I I had no idea it existed! And the great thing is that the party happens exactly when I’ll be there with my husband and brother. This post made us bought the ticket, for sure! We loved it all and now we need costumes, oh my God, so happy. Thank you for all tips, thank you :)

    Ady

  157. Holly says:

    Hello!

    We are going to the party in September. I would like to make a dining reservation at Crystal Palace for around 2:30, and then exit around 4:00 for the party. We didn’t plan on using a park ticket the day of the party. Do you have any idea if we would be allowed in at 2:30 for our dining reservation without a separate park ticket on the day of the party?

    Thank you!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      No, you will not be allowed to do this. The party ‘technically’ starts at 7 pm, so I’d do the dining reservation at 4 pm. So long as you don’t go past 7 pm, you won’t miss anything.

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